In 1271, 17-year-old Marco Polo set out with his father and uncle on a trade mission to the Eastern Empire of Kublai Khan, despite the fact that many in Europe refused to believe China even existed. After all, if God placed Europe at the center of the world, how could anything but a barbarous wasteland exist beyond its borders?
What awaited Marco was an astonishing land beyond his wildest dreams. Contrary to the West’s beliefs, Polo was introduced to a highly sophisticated culture, new technologies, delicacies and weaponry that defied comprehension. Refusing to continue as a simple merchant, Polo remained in the service of Kublai Khan for twenty years, and found the adventure of a lifetime.
Not too many films have been made which deal with the life of Marco Polo, so that is a plus for this film, as he is obviously an important historical figure. In addition, there is a sword fight in the film which is very well choreographed. The movie also incorporates many Asian actors in the parts, which has not always been done in these films which deal with the Far East.
The movie is a bit slow moving and it deals with the issue of whether or not one religion such as Christianity is the sole religion or if others are needed, although this is not the central theme of the movie. Marco’s adventures are. This religious issue is obviously controversial. Some people will not care for this issue being included but we make note that no particular religion is pushed in the film, although obviously there are both Christians and Buddhists in the movie. There is violence but it is not over the top. We approve this film for ages twelve and above.